Jenks eyes May 1 for Phase I of re-opening

Jenks eyes May 1 for Phase I of re-opening

There will be a special City Council meeting Monday to potentially approve the Phase I re-opening for the City of Jenks May 1.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that the State of Oklahoma will start its phased-in re-opening plan Friday.

Phase I for the City of Jenks will consist of most businesses opening with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

Notable businesses that will not be allowed to reopen will be bars.

“We want to emphasize this does not mean we are in the clear,” Jenks Mayor Robert Lee said. “We strongly encourage people to stay in as much as possible and to follow the social distancing guidelines. They are put in place to keep people safe. We know that there will be a bounce in the numbers once we begin to re-open, so it is imperative that we all be smart and practice social distancing when you leave your home.”

Here is a list of businesses that will be allowed to be open in the state’s Phase I:

•     Personal care businesses, such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers can reopen for appointments only, must adhere to sanitation protocols, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses.

•     State parks and outdoor recreation should be reopened

•     Grocery stores should continue to maintain hours for vulnerable populations

“We’re working on finding the right balance between opening the city while not overwhelming our local hospitals,” Lee said. “Our community has been successful in slowing the rate of infection, so we’re dipping our toe in the pool with this first phase.”

Kyle Salomon

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